While promoting the upcoming Fast and Furious installment, John Cena referred to Taiwan as a country. On the popular Chinese social media Weibo, the WWE superstar posted an apology regarding the same.
According to BBC News, John Cena said,
I made one mistake, I must say right now, very important, I love and respect Chinese people. I am very sorry for my mistake. I am so sorry, I apologize.
In an interview with the Taiwanese Broadcast Company TVBS, Cena referred to Taiwan as a separate country, which sparked outrage amongst his Chinese fanbase. He said Taiwan would be the first country to witness the ninth installment in the Fast and Furious series.
Taiwan’s existence is a heated topic amongst Chinese social media users. Ever since China established itself as a country, Beijing has a strong viewpoint on Taiwan. They believe that Taiwan is an integral part of China and strongly oppose the idea that it is an independent nation.
John Cena is quite popular on Weibo and has over 600,000 followers on the platform. He has also studied Mandarin for years now but still speaks like a ‘third-grader.’